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Summary

  1. Updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 15 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank You For The Music

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We hope you've all enjoyed BBC Music Day as much as we have.

    We're back at 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Rocking all over the South East

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The scene of a famous Eurovision victory, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues have been honoured on BBC Music Day.

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    Video caption: blue plaques to music legends unveiled in Woking, Maidstone and Brighton
  3. The Duke of Edinburgh's cousin dies in Kent

    Prince Philip's cousin, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, has died aged 93 at her home in Mersham.

    Patricia Mountbatten married celebrated film producer Lord Brabourne in 1946, and the pair had seven children.

    The couple were among a seven-strong boat party blown up by the IRA at County Sligo, Republic of Ireland, in 1979.

    Their son Nicholas, 14, was killed in the attack, as was Lord Brabourne's mother, Dowager Lady Brabourne, and her father Lord Mountbatten.

    Prince Charles and Countess Mountbatten
  4. Southern rail: RMT demands immediate publication of report

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Southern Logo

    A report into the troubled Southern rail franchise should be published immediately by the government, the RMT union has demanded.

    It was commissioned last September and written by Chris Gibb, a non-executive director at Network Rail.

    The union claims the Department for Transport (DfT) has kept it "under wraps since the back end of last year".

    The DfT said the report could not be published in the pre-election period but would be "in due course".

    Full story here.

  5. It's going to be a scorcher of a weekend

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    Got any plans? It might be time to dust off the barbecue.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Nina Ridge
  6. Bowie's blue plaque in Maidstone

    Here's BBC South East Today presenters Rob and Natalie with a blue plaque for David Bowie which was unveiled in Maidstone earlier.

    Bowie was in the band The Manish Boys in the 1960s. They were based in Kent's county town.

    #localmusiclegends

    Rob Smith and Natalie Graham
  7. Bowie blue plaque: 'It would have made him so pleased'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Friends of David Bowie have been reacting to the news that he's been honoured with a blue plaque in Maidstone.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Reaction to David Bowie blue plaque announcement in Maidstone
  8. First pictures from M25 crash

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's first pictures of the scene of a crash at Junction 4 on the M25 in Kent which is causing chaos for motorists tonight. Pictures from Ads Langridge.

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    Video caption: Crash on M25 in Kent
  9. Two accidents are causing chaos on the M25

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    M25 Junction 4

    Police are at the scene of a collision involving two lorries, a coach and three cars on the anticlockwise carriageway.

    The carriageway has been closed at junction 4 and all traffic is being directed to leave using the slip-road.

    An air ambulance is attending due to injuries reported to one of the drivers.

    A number of school children and teachers were on the coach but are reported to have no physical injuries. The school, which is outside of Kent, is aware and is updating parents.

    A282 Dartford Crossing

    Officers are at the scene of a serious collision involving a lorry, van and motorbike on the Essex-bound carriageway of the A282 prior to the Dartford crossing.

    The carriageway has been closed at junction 2 and a diversion is being put in place to allow traffic to re-join the A282 at junction 1B.

    Highways crews are working with our officers to free vehicles that are stuck in the queue after junction 2.

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    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J1A for A282 affecting J30 for A13 Lakeside.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of people slowing to look at an accident. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. So why have Aslef introduced an overtime ban?

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's Mick Whelen from Aslef explaining the union's actions.

    Quote Message: ‘Aslef suspended the imposition of an overtime ban on Southern Railways for two weeks to allow time for negotiations to find a resolution of all the outstanding issues with the company to be discussed.
    Mick Whelan
    Quote Message: ‘The company’s failure to engage over Driver Only Operation is the reason our members will no longer work overtime – which, of course, is entirely voluntary – from Thursday 29 June. from Mick Whelen General Secretary, Aslef
    Mick WhelenGeneral Secretary, Aslef
  12. BreakingAslef to introduce overtime ban this month

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A train drivers' union has confirmed it will be introducing an overtime ban at the end of June.

    Aslef was due to start the ban in May in it's year-long dispute with the train operator, but postponed the action.It will now begin from 00:01 BST on Thursday 29 June.

    It is set to affect Southern drivers only across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

  13. Dartford Crossing: Rush hour traffic misery

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    An accident on the approach to the Dartford Crossing is causing miles of backlogged traffic - and it's not expected to clear for hours.

    A collision on the M25 anticlockwise at junction 2 has caused traffic London-bound on the A2 to grind to a halt before the Gravesend turn off.

    On the M25 anti-clockwise, traffic is backed-up to Orpington.

    The delays are expected to add more than an hour onto journey times, and Highways England has preicted it will clear at around 20:15 BST.

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    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J4, A21 (Orpington), because of accident investigation work and an oil spillage. Diversion in operation - Police have now confirmed that traffic can get by via the exit and entry slip roads.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. 'Victims have not had the service they should'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Police's recording of crime has been rated inadequate by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

    Inspectors found more than 24,000 crimes a year, including rape and domestic abuse, aren't being recorded properly.

    But the force's chief constable says those offences were fully investigated.

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    Video caption: Kent's chief constable defends the force's recording of crime
  16. Maidstone blue plaque unveiled for David Bowie

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's the moment this lunchtime a blue plaque was unveiled in Maidstone in honour of David Bowie.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Plaque unveiled in Maidstone to David Bowie
  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J2 for A2 and J1B for A282 affecting J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - M25 in Darenth closed, severe delays and queuing traffic anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of a serious multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - exit the M25 at J2 and take the 2nd exit onto the A282 distributor lane (that runs adjacent to the motorway), to then re-join the main carriageway at J1B. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and on A2 to the B255 (Bean Interchange For Bluewater) junction.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time